Carl Beane, known to many baseball fans as "the voice of Fenway Park," died Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash after suffering a heart attack in Sturbridge, Mass.
He was 59.
Beane, a Massachusetts native, began his sports broadcasting career in 1972 at WMAS radio station in Springfield. He became the famed Fenway public address announcer in 2003 after winning a competition, the statement said.
On his website, Beane touted the fact that he announced the first two games of the 2004 World Series and witnessed the Boston Red Sox claim the championship of Major League Baseball for the first time in 86 years.
"We are filled with sadness at this tragic news," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said. "His legion of friends with the Red Sox and the media will miss him enormously, and all of Red Sox Nation will remember his presence, his warmth, and his voice."
“No one loved his role with the Red Sox more than Carl ... He adored the opportunity to contribute to the culture of Fenway Park, a place he loved passionately.”
Beane is survived by his wife, Lorraine; a daughter and two granddaughters.
"Rest in peace Carl Beane, God bless your soul. The voice of the Red Sox in Fenway. Carl Beane and Harry Kalas calling games on the ultimate field ... Heaven is blessed today," former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said via Twitter.